Vulture Safe Zone
The Nepal Vulture Action Plan is an ambitious project developed by a number of organisations. These include Bird Conservation Nepal (BCN), SAVE, National Trust for Nature Conservation (NTNC), the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) and the Nepal Government, along with input from the RSPB and bird of prey expert Jemima Parry-Jones. The project aims to evaluate Nepal’s vulture conservation breeding and release programme and also the safety of Nepal’s Vulture Safe Zone (VSZ), set to be the first region declared free from diclofenac and other drugs that are toxic to vultures.
The Nepal breeding programme is set to have its second good year for producing white-rumped vulture fledglings. “The captive vultures are doing well,” Chris reports. “But we’re still working to prevent equally dangerous human diclofenac formulations and other unsafe or untested veterinary drugs from being used in its place.”
Follow the progress of the released vultures at save-vultures.org.